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New entry Dec 07

Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

ReAnimus Acquires Advent!

ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








Known Issues

Below is a list of know issues reported with the Reader' Poll. If you know of a problem and don't see it listed here, you may report it here.

In Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels, I've added two books: Alien Separation and Alien in Chief both by Gini Koch complete with links and they aren't showing up at all.

In Nonfiction books page, Unable to add any titles/author/URL…..nothing

In Thriller Novels, 'Freud's Lost Journals' is a duplicate of 'Freud[s Lost Journals'. Besides the apostrophe showing up as a bracket, the Smashwords link does not work either, so I changed to the Amazon link.

In Young Adult Books, 'Shattered Frost' is a duplicate of 'Shattered Frost'.

In Mystery Novels, 'mins Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy's Curse' is a duplicate of 'Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy's Curse'.

In Anthologies page, 'Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon' is a duplicate of 'Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon'. You have three versions of Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon. The one with BookBaby is the right one. I hope you combine the votes, because they are voting for my book, but I'm getting emails they are just picking one because they want to vote for this book.

In Thriller Novels, Hi! The URL for kari fisher's through glass is missing. Thanks!

In Erotica Novels, This message keeps popping up after I vote and type in a message. I don't see a box or space to type in or answer this question. ERROR: Failed the 'are you human?' test on typing the two words. Please hit 'back' in your browser and try again.

In Book/e-book Cover Artwork page, 'http://' is a typo and should read: ''.

In Review Site page, 'I Smell Sheep' is a duplicate of 'I Smell Sheep'. I Smell Sheep is on the list twice. Worried the votes will get divided up and not all will count. Thanks!

In Fiction Magazine/e-zines page, 'Far Horizons ' is a duplicate of 'Far Horizons tales of scifi fantasy and horror '. 'Far Horizons ' is a typo and should read: 'Far Horizons tales of scifi fantasy and horror '.

In Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels, Edward Ashton's "Three Days in April" appears on the list, but not in Current Standing. Half a dozen entries are tied at #18 but I don't see Ashton anywhere. Thanks.

In Steampunk Novels, E.E. Giorgi's "Akaela" is cyberpunk, not steampunk, but it's currently #3 in steampunk, so I hesitate to move it over to Young Adult. It's science fiction, it's YA, but I confused the -punks. I don't want her to lose votes from her fans. Mea culpa!

In Book/e-book Cover Artwork page, 'Chet Gottfried' is a typo and should read: 'Erick Eyerman, artist'.

In Young Adult Books, 'Einar and the Myrtledale Consiracy' is a typo and should read: 'Einar and the Myrtledale Conspiracy'.

In Mystery Novels, 'mins Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy's Curse, Stephanie Osborn, Pro Se Press' is a duplicate of 'Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy's Curse, Stephanie Osborn, Pro Se Productions'.

In All other Novels, 'hidden Shadows' is a typo and should read: 'Hidden Shadows'.


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